Hello Board Members, I am writing you today to voice my concerns regarding the removal of Gregg Ielfield as a member in good standing with your association. I live in the state of Louisiana and as I understand it your actions would be illegal under current state law; members may only be banned from associations in this state by nonpayment of dues. I don't feel like this is the case with Mister Ielfield and will also be so bold as to suggest that his ban is nothing more than an attempt to figuratively tape his mouth. I also believe this to be the case when considering the fact that Tim Thacker's membership eligibility is being denied until it can be voted upon by your board, I fail to see how that is legal and not blatant discrimination as well. In years past, Michael Schlabach and Harry Whitehead were stripped of their member statuses in much the same manner that is currently being attempted; in fact, Michael’s release was admittedly accomplished through fraudulent behavior! I am disgusted by quite a few of the things I have read on taxidermy.net recently that have been posted by your current ethics director Bill Haynes (including the afore mentioned confession of fraud), he is nothing short of rude and insulting and probably the WORST ambassador for any association I have seen to date...especially for one that already has such a high instance of taboo within our society and needs as much positive light shed on it as possible. I believe the NTA can be an excellent tool for breaching that societal gap, which will lead to endless opportunity for growth...which is what most taxidermists like me want for our industry; but I feel that poor public relations and mismanagement of funds over the years have severely stunted its ability to perform such tasks for its members. The only way I see to get this beloved association back on its feet is to STOP silencing your members and open up about the allegations of wrongdoing that certain board members are facing. You can't run forever and we all know hiding won't work either...don't kid yourselves! The truth will come out one way or the other. As a past member and potential future one I would like to see these truths come about voluntarily instead of stripping everyone involved of their dignity and raping the community accounts of their resources simply to delay the inevitable...it's asinine and an abusive misuse of members' money. Thank you for your consideration regarding these matters, -Janna The above was written by Janna and e-mailed. I would like to see other like minded people follow suit by addressing the current board in a like manner. Board, this is your time to do the right time. You have a teleconference call coming up this Friday evening to address these issues. Will you be a part of the problem or a part of the solution? As Fred asked you to do...Please take a look in the mirror. Who do you see and what do you want your legacy to be?